My Wedding

I’ve mentioned I got married, but I didn’t show you any pictures!

Married March 14, things began shutting down a few days later, so we’ll definitely need a honeymoon redo. But the wedding was fun and beautiful, and we’re married! If you’re reading this and you were one of our guests, thank you for being there with us!

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TCA Train Show

I go to the annual train show almost every year here in Jacksonville, FL. It’s a big to do, held at a convention center, and has a ton of vendors. I tend to get pretty good deals as I’m looking for things the average train collector might not covet. I don’t have a train set, just a passion, and artistic use, for tiny things.

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Painted Lady Monarchs

Last Saturday, May 18, I attended a release of Painted Lady Monarchs at the Jacksonville Arboretum!

I love the place, but I didn’t know that they did yearly butterfly releases, and I’m so glad I heard about it this year.

So first, here’s a slideshow of the previous time I wandered the trails here. Some images I failed to share on this blog.

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Bayard Antique Villages, Jacksonville, FL

My mom and I finally went to check out the Bayard Antique Village last week. While we only recently became aware of it, the location itself has existed since 1949.

US 1 was the main North/South travel road of the area. The formerly named Beautyrest Cabins provided a nice place to stay while en route. They were a popular honeymoon spot.

After I-95 was built, the location wasn’t nearly as popular and was converted to an auction site in 1967. It was at this time that the large central barn was built on the premises.

The cabins on the perimeter were later converted to independent shops, forming what is now the antique village.

No doubt the place is cute, and all the shop owners are beyond nice. Whether I should admit it or not, my favorite part was the variety of cats, kindly cared for by the shop owners. It was a bit of a hunt to find and photograph as many cats possible. The black cat you’ll see pictured below was not happy he wasn’t getting his wet food 2 hours ahead of schedule.Continue reading “Bayard Antique Villages, Jacksonville, FL”

Shinrin-yoku

Shinrin-yoku – forest bathing, considered a healing practice

I’ve been stuck in my head a lot lately, and as I make what I intend to be emotional work inside of a small dark studio, that doesn’t always help. So, as Florida has been cooling down lately, and I recently got ar 50mm lens, I took the time on a Saturday to visit some local nature trails and spend some time observing nature. These aren’t the most artsy, perfectly composed photos, but they were precisely what I needed to create at the time.

MOCA Jacksonville

I recently had the pleasure of visiting a local contemporary art museum with a friend. Some of the artworks we saw were simply stunning, so I’d like to share them with you here.

First up, the current large scale 3-D work in the atrium – by Gabriel Dawe. You can see a behind the scenes look here – http://mocajacksonville.unf.edu/Project-Atrium/.

The piece is made up of string and hooks. The colors blend visually and the piece looks different from each level of the museum.

Next up, a selection of pieces from the Call and Response Exhibit and UNF Gallery. Artists within this exhibit can be found here – http://mocajacksonville.unf.edu/Exhibitions/Featured/Call-and-Response/.

By Beth Lipman

And finally a video display that kept us enthralled for awhile. You walk in from either the right or left curtains and it simply looks like a huge scan of Toile de Jouy – a fairly popular fabric pattern. However, soon enough a woman gets up and shoots you. And here’s the thing, no matter where you’re standing it still looks like she’s shooting directly at you. This piece is by Brigitte Zieger.